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The Place to Move To
Location in Northwest Arctic Borough and the state of Alaska.
Location in Northwest Arctic Borough and the state of Alaska.
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Northwest Arctic
Incorporated March 11, 1964
 • Total 1.26 sq mi (3.28 km2)
 • Land 0.84 sq mi (2.17 km2)
 • Water 0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total 694
 • Density 828.16/sq mi (319.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-55140
GNIS feature ID 1413646
Noorvik, AK
Noorvik, AK

Noorvik (Inupiaq: Nuurvik, meaning "A place to move to") is an Iñupiat city in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 694, up from 668 in 2010. Located in the NANA Region Corp, Noorvik has close ties with the largest city in the region, Kotzebue. Residents speak a dialect of Iñupiaq known as Noorvik Inupiaq. Noorvik was the first town to be counted in the 2010 census.


Noorvik means "a place that is moved to" in Inupiaq. The village was established by Kowagmuit Inupiat fishermen and hunters from Deering in the early 1900s. Other settlers came from Oksik, a few miles upriver.


Kotzebue Sound
Map showing Kotzebue Sound and the town of Noorvik

Noorvik is located at 66°50′14″N 161°2′12″W / 66.83722°N 161.03667°W / 66.83722; -161.03667 (66.837130, -161.036641).

Noorvik is located on the right bank of the Nazuruk Channel of the Kobuk River, 76 km (47 mi) east of Kotzebue.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (28.36%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 281
1930 198 −29.5%
1940 211 6.6%
1950 248 17.5%
1960 384 54.8%
1970 462 20.3%
1980 492 6.5%
1990 531 7.9%
2000 634 19.4%
2010 668 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Noorvik first appeared on the 1920 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It formally incorporated in 1964.

As of the census of 2000, there were 634 people in 136 households, including 113 families, in the city. The population density was 658.7 people per square mile (255.0/km2). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 163.1 per square mile (63.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 4.89% White, 90.06% Native American, 4.89% from two or more races, and 0.16% Pacific Islander.

Of the 136 households 58.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 14.7% of households were one person and 1.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 4.66 and the average family size was 5.19.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 44.5% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 11.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% 65 or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females, there were 135.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.7 males.

The median household income was $51,964 and the median family income was $52,708. Males had a median income of $34,750 versus $24,583 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,020. About 9.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


The Aqqaluk Noorvik School, operated by the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, serves the community. As of 2017 it had 12 teachers and 186 students, with Alaska Natives and Native Americans, making up 94% and 1% of the student body respectively


The city includes the Robert (Bob) Curtis Memorial Airport, also known as the Noorvik Airport, 1 mile southeast from the city.

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